Featured in Colorado Review
Beyond LoveFeatured, Poetry
Published Spring 2018
If the saints are to be believed, if this body is a dress
we slip into, out of, if each day and night is the mantle
we tie around our shoulders, fabric thin as the time it takes
teeth to flatten the end of a thread and lead it through
an eyed needle, then what am I to make of the gorgeous
terror every star makes out of its own distance? Sometimes
I can see the body as a blaze, bright-gloried, flamed
and holy as a pinprick the size of a soul. And if the soul
is a blaze to be believed, then belief blazes a highway
to some beyond, a beauty that begins with every ordinary
sweetness, every one small but still indefinable love.
Every morning, when I wash the wrongs I’ve made right
out of my hair, I want to believe in each drop of water
as a promise of and from the all that we’re meant to contain.
Emma Bolden is the author of medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press, 2016) and Maleficae (GenPop Books, 2013). A 2017 NEA Fellow in Poetry, her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry and such journals as Prairie Schooner, Conduit, the Pinch, and Gulf Coast. She serves as senior reviews editor for Tupelo Quarterly.